interest rates

Fallout from Britain’s vote

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) caught the world by surprise. Since the vote, stock market volatility has increased dramatically—a predictable result because stock markets don’t like uncertainty.  Similarly, interest rates have declined—just as dramatically—because investors seek the safe haven of U.S. Treasury bonds during uncertain times.  With lower rates at home, spillover

This Week with J. Mark Nickell & Co. – May 5, 2015

Last week the Federal Reserve scaled back its view of prospects for the U.S. economy and labor market.  Reuters discusses the timing of when interest rates will go higher.  Many of our clients have been burned by the brokerage industry.  The CFA Institute advocates for Department of Labor proposals to broaden the sweep of individuals

This Week with J. Mark Nickell & Co. – August 6, 2014

U.S. economy returns to growth after winter downturn.  The U.S. economy grew at a seasonally adjusted 4% in the second quarter, according to numbers released last week from the Commerce Department, topping most economists’ forecasts.  This was a nice rebound from the first quarter’s steep contraction of 2.1%--the worst single quarter downturn in five years.

This Week with J. Mark Nickell & Co. – June 25, 2014

In our world of investment management and financial planning, uncertainty begets questions: sometimes the best reply to any of them is It Depends. This week we examine several current issues where It Depends.  When will the Fed hike rates?  It depends.  What will the conflict in Iraq mean for the economy and investors—it depends.  Will